"It is finished." - JesusIt never fails. No matter what the construction project, no job is ever finished until the completion of the Punch List. A list of mistakes and imperfections that must be transformed and corrected because they fail to conform to the architect’s vision.

Historically, on construction sites where paper is easily lost, the punch list would be fastened onto a wooden post. As each item on the list was completed, a worker would use a nail to “punch” a hole next to it. Only after every item on the punch list was corrected could the supervisor truly declare, “It is finished.”

God Envisions a “Holy Nation”

Like an architect envisioning a glorious city, when God created mankind, He envisioned a “holy nation” and a “kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6). Because God granted us free will, He knew from the start the job would be messy. Every prideful thought, selfish act, and imperfection of mankind reveals that we have failed to conform to the Master Architect’s vision. But God knew from the beginning that we could never attain perfection on our own. He planned from the start to come to earth as a humble carpenter and satisfy the Punch List by taking the sin of mankind upon Himself.

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“He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

“It is Finished.”

Two thousand years ago, stretched across two wooden beams, Jesus the Son of God gave His life as three nails were violently punched into His human flesh. Only then could He cry out to Heaven, “It is finished.”

“. . . With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)

On our own, none of us can satisfy the Punch List stacked against us. Romans 3:23 reminds us that we are all inherently selfish and deeply flawed human beings. Yet God in His great mercy sees us as He created us to be. Coming to earth to complete the job, He stretched out His arms to all who would receive Him (John 1:12). As a result, He is transforming us into a “holy nation” and “kingdom of priests.”

Father in Heaven, thank You for seeing me not as I am, but as who You envisioned me to be when You created me. Thank you, Jesus, for dying for my sins and completing the task I could never complete. As I surrender myself to You, please fill me with power through Your Holy Spirit to live a life worthy of the calling I have received. Amen.

(I am honored to partner with CBN. This article serves as today’s Daily Devotion on CBN.com)

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